TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Mitchell Stephens from the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.
Stephens, 22, has skated in four games with the Lightning this season, posting five shots on goal. He made his NHL debut December 9 against the NY Islanders, registering 8:28 of time on ice. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward skated in a season-high 9:19 on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals. Stephens has appeared in 24 games with the Crunch this season, tallying five goals and 10 points. He has skated in 131 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past four seasons, collecting 36 goals and 76 points to go along with 45 penalty minutes.
The Peterborough, Ontario native was drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 33rd overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.